Giveaway: 10 Free Licenses to Flame Painter 2.0

Giveaway: 10 Free Licenses to Flame Painter 2.0

We’re giving out 10 free Personal licenses to the most recent version of Flame Painter — an innovative painting software application that lets you quickly create beautiful paintings and artwork. The software developers just released version 2.0 last month. This is your chance to get your hands on the most recent iteration (which is version 2.0.5 at the moment) on this wonderful app. Each license is worth $29.99 — read on to see how you can win one for free.

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What Is Responsive Web Design?

What Is Responsive Web Design?

For the first time in more than ten years, PC sales are expected to see a significant decrease from the prior year. In a new age where tablets and smartphones are performing the same duties as our PCs and Macs, we’re seeing the face of the Internet change. Predictions show that, by 2014, mobile will be the dominant form of web browsing. The Web has responded. The answer? Responsive Web Design.

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The Winners of Train Simple Annual Memberships

The Winners of Train Simple Annual Memberships

Earlier this month, we had an awesome giveaway of 5 annual memberships to Train Simple courses. Train Simple provides Web-based training for Adobe software products and other related technologies. I’m very excited to announce the five Design Instruct readers who’ve won themselves unlimited access to all Train Simple courses for a year.

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The Winners of Flat UI Pro Licenses

The Winners of Flat UI Pro Licenses

We had an excellent giveaway of Flat UI personal licenses last month. In this post, I get the honor of sharing to everyone who the winners of the giveaway are. The winners have each gotten a personal license to Flat UI Pro by Designmodo.

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How to Create Hand Lettering Artwork on Paper

How to Create Hand Lettering Artwork on Paper

This is a simple tutorial on how to create beautiful typography artwork by hand. No digital technology is involved. After you complete this tutorial, you should have a grasp on my personal technique that I use on Nonsense Thoughts and you will be able to apply these skills in creating your own unique style of hand lettering, sketching and illustration artwork. Let’s have some fun!

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7 Free High-Quality Concrete Wall Textures

7 Free High-Quality Concrete Wall Textures

This freebie package contains texture images of concrete walls. The textures are rough and can be used to spice up your design projects with a bit of a grungy, dirty element. These texture images are big: over 4700x3100px.

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Examples of Flat Designs in iOS Apps

Examples of Flat Designs in iOS Apps

Apple’s announcement of iOS 7 (the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system) adopting a flat design is a game-changer for designers. Apple has even released a guide to help mobile developers move towards the flat design style. The flatter user interface of iOS 7 is a stark departure from the earlier design philosophy of previous versions of the operating system.

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Win Free Web Hosting for 3 Years + Domain Registration from Bluehost

Win Free Web Hosting for 3 Years + Domain Registration from Bluehost

This giveaway is near and dear to me (and you’ll read why in just a little bit). In this giveaway, we’re working with Bluehost — web-hosting providers trusted by millions of websites — to give out a free web hosting account for 3 years accompanied by free domain name registration. This is perfect for those of you needing a website. Read on to see how you can win this giveaway!

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30 Examples of Using the Right Charts for the Right Data

30 Examples of Using the Right Charts for the Right Data

Data visualization makes numbers and statistics easier to comprehend. The key to effective data visualization is presenting data in an intriguing and visually appetizing way. In this showcase, you’ll get to see web app dashboards, mobile app interfaces, infographics, etc. which beautifully use charts the right way. If you’re looking for charting, graphing, and data visualization inspiration, you’re at the right spot.

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Using Photos of People in Web Designs: 30 Inspiring Examples

Using Photos of People in Web Designs: 30 Inspiring Examples

According to a usability study, photos of people effectively attract a site user’s attention. That’s a great thing when it comes to web design. There’s a trend right now of using photos of people as major components of a website’s design. In this showcase, I share to you 30 inspiring examples of websites that masterfully integrate photos of people in their designs.

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Giveaway: Adobe Online Training Videos for a Year

Giveaway: Adobe Online Training Videos for a Year

We’ve partnered up with Train Simple — providers of online technology training on Adobe software and web technologies like HTML5, CSS3, and WordPress — to give 5 annual memberships to you, our beloved Design Instruct readers! Read on to see how you can win one of these memberships (which are worth $99 each)

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Should Designers Join Pinterest?

Should Designers Join Pinterest?

Pinterest exploded out of nowhere, didn’t it? The social media site launched quietly last year and every so often you’d see a friend talking about joining it. Then, suddenly, it felt like everybody and their dog was joining the network! Should you join the bandwagon?

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